I’m glad you asked!!
So I got to work…
1) Family and Community Storytelling based on the work of Vivian Paley
2) The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of the 21st Century starts in the public library
- Ask about memories…
- What was your favorite toy/book/story as a child?
- What is your earliest autumn/summer/winter/spring memory?
- Did you ever help your sister/mom/dad/teacher do something that made you feel especially proud?
- Ask about parenting experiences…
- What questions does your child ask you the most?
- What is your child most curious about?
- What is the single most important piece of advice you can offer a 1st-time parent?
- What is single most important piece of advice you can offer a parent who is about to have kid #2?
- What are your best parenting lifehacks!
- What is the weirdest question your child has ever asked?
- Ask the neighborhood about work/jobs/hobbies (hopefully some of them actually love their work)
- Can you describe your job in under 10 words? (e.g. I often describe being a children’s librarian as “I read picture books for a living”)
- What is the most interesting/funniest thing you’ve ever done or seen at work?
3) Voice Donation in the Public Library***
***This 3rd possible application is 100% speculative! Like I said, this is a thought experiment…
“Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That’s why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.”
Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind is about Melody, an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who obtains a computerized speech device for the first time, and how she navigates the experiences she faces as she adjusts to her new abilities. While Draper doesn’t overtly assign racial identities to any characters in the story, I think Melody’s story is about the intersection of race and disability. I believe this book provides a unique opportunity for a nuanced conversation about the particular struggles an African American family faces when dealing with healthcare providers and educators.
One Last Thing…er, um, correction…Two or Three Last Things.
1) Knight News Challenge people: You are awesome! Thank you for this challenge!
2) Good luck to all the librarians and library supporters who are putting the final touches on your submissions!
3) There are many inspiring submissions entered in this challenge! Join me, and try doing a thought experiment if you are so inclined! Oh! And PLEASE GO LOOK AT THE PHIL’S VIDEO BOOTH ENTRY BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME!!!